07/26/2013 07:02 pm ET

Scott Walker Protests Lead To More Arrests, Including Former Marine


Police at the Wisconsin Capitol arrested one protester and stepped on the U.S. flag he was carrying Thursday, just another incident in a week of crackdowns on demonstrations in the building's rotunda. Occupy Democrats, a liberal blog, reports that the man had served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Other demonstrators, who were gathered in the rotunda to protest Republican Gov. Scott Walker's agenda with a "Solidarity Singalong," yelled "Shame!" as several protesters was led away by police. A video of the incident does not make clear whether the officers knowingly or intentionally stepped on the flag. At least 29 individuals were arrested Thursday night.

"He's a veteran for peace!" one person yelled as police took the former Marine away.

Capitol Police Chief Dave Erwin is also a former Marine.

The crackdown on the anti-Walker demonstrators began earlier this week, when police arrested almost two dozen protesters after a federal judge ruled that groups larger than 20 must have a permit to gather in the Capitol.

More than 60 demonstrators have reportedly been arrested this week. More than a dozen were booked on Friday.



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